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emixi architectes

Community Hall

best architects 24

public buildings


Bussy-sur-Moudon, Switzerland




Karina Castro


Lying on the outskirts of Bussy-sur-Moudon, this village community hall replaces the last one, which burned down in 2019. The hall is designed as a wooden frame structure that opens up transversally both towards the village centre and the landscape in the background. It rests on a half-subterranean base, which accommodates a garage and allows for new premises for the municipal administration. The ground-floor plan reflects the apparent simplicity of the exterior. The spatial qualities of the room are enhanced by the seamlessness of the mineral floor and the rhythm given by the acoustic timber ceiling, both treated in neutral tones. At its centre, a single technical volume groups the necessary services such as the kitchen and sanitary facilities. Forming a «house within a house», it articulates the plan and allows for separation with the entrance hall, lending a hierarchy to the whole. In this simple environment, specific colours highlight key elements of the project, such as the deep blue stain applied to the central core’s wooden surface or the horizontal green metallic line on the façade that frames a horizon at a height of 280 cm, continuing the height of the main entrance and the windows and also echoed throughout the room. All the craftsmen, essential protagonists in the project, are located within a radius of 30km – therefore highlighting our ambition to promote local know-how and people’s feeling of identification with their home-ground.